Former Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has urged the club to make a move for Manchester City starlet Gabriel Jesus.
The Italian outfit’s former big wig has told Sky Sport Italia that the 19-year-old Brazilian could be the next best thing to Barcelona giant Lionel Messi.
Jesus has impressed since joining up with the two-time Premier League champions, scoring three goals and producing one assist in five outings.
City agreed a reported £27m deal to sign Jesus from Palmeiras last summer, but he only joined up with his new teammates in January.
Despite his age, the forward has made a quick impact and has seemingly attracted admirers from elsewhere, but a broken metatarsal, which he suffered against Bournemouth on Monday has halted his progress.
The Daily Mail reports that Jesus could miss the rest of the season if he undergoes surgery, but that has not stopped Moratti from fuelling transfer speculation.
He told Sky Sport Italia:
“He made me fall in love with football again. Every now and again you need this new kind of player to reignite your passion and Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City is, for me, a player you have got to pursue.
“Messi is outstanding, but it’s difficult to get him. But it’s beautiful when you see a player who you believe has potential by the bucket load – and who knows what great things he will do. For me, Jesus is one of these.”
Well, at the moment it is just one man giving his opinion, but having comments like this in the media is never helpful.
If Jesus continues to thrive when he returns to fitness, then there is bound to be speculation, and due to his young age, if any of the European giants come calling, his head could be turned.
However, the teenage star has only just begun his City career and he will be learning under one of the best managers around in Pep Guardiola.
On top of that, the Spanish coach has already shown great faith in his ability by starting him ahead of Sergio Aguero in numerous games.
Right now, all Jesus should be focusing on is recovering and cementing himself in City’s first team.